Cody Gakpo showed why Liverpool are reportedly eager to sign him with his World Cup debut on Monday. The Dutchman scored against Senegal.
Cody Gakpo started for the Netherlands on Monday evening against Senegal – no surprise there after his incredible form this season. Gakpo boasts nine goals and 12 assists across 14 Eredivisie appearances, carrying on his performances after a Footballer of the Year-winning season last time out.
Gakpo proved decisive, too. He found the opener in Qatar, meeting Frenkie de Jong’s ball into the box to head home. That proved to be enough, though the Netherlands did find a second to win 2-0.
But Gakpo made his mark. It’s a massive goal for player and country – one that puts them in an incredibly strong position to progress.
It’s also one that Liverpool will love as they reportedly scout the player.
Liverpool eager to sign Cody Gakpo
ESPN claim that Liverpool are watching Gakpo. Assistant manager Pep Lijnders is supposedly a massive fan, viewing the PSV star as a missing piece at Anfield.
The Reds will have loved what they saw here, then. Gakpo was everywhere for the Netherlands, playing multiple positions. He’s lined up in midfield, moved into the forward line and then grabbed a goal peeling off the right flank.
That latter one is interesting. Gakpo typically plays from the left for PSV but his goal here saw him make a run from the right to the middle to invite De Jong’s pass. There was a feeling watching this that he can essentially play anywhere.
And that includes midfield. Gakpo appears to do everything going forward and Liverpool could use him in three or four positions.
That makes him a far easier signing to make. As a left-winger, he’d be up against Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez for places. Díaz, in particular, makes it difficult to get in the side. But if Gakpo can cover several roles, he’d become a key part of any squad.
And with De Telegraaf claiming he could cost as little as £26m, Liverpool must have loved his World Cup debut.